Cd for me if it's cheaper. I like the Auto-Rip feature that Amazon offers.
Edited by hogger129 - 10/17/13 at 1:02pm
I would look at Amazon first and then compare the prices. If Amazon has the CD cheaper, get that, and they give you the MP3's for free with most of the music. Then you have the CD if you want lossless versions and the MP3 if you want versions for your portable device (if you don't put FLAC on it).
IMO, 256 AAC is pretty close / close enough for most people.. but the fact is that there's always a loss. Depending on who you ask, the equipment they use, etc. - everyone will give you a different answer...
For the same / similar cost, why not just buy the actual CD / buy a FLAC download (if available)? Like hogger, I'm guilty of buying from iTunes now and then simply because of convenience... but if you have an iOS device, there's a million and one converters available that you can use to convert the FLAC / CD rip back to AAC if needed...
AAC 256 is pretty much the same sound quality as MP3 320.
Maybe its some type of syndrome, but there is a little bit of a difference. Itunes is also a little bit pricy when I can get $5.65 for an whole album at 1411kbps.